As part of its sequestration plan, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has decided to close 149 local and regional contract towers starting April 7 in a month-long phased closure.
The agency is sparing 24 towers that had initially been targeted for closure, and 16 towers partially funded by Congress will remain open.
Earlier this month, the FAA proposed closing 189 towers to help generate the $637 million cut from its budget due to sequestration. The agency asked for input as to the national interest of the proposed cuts. Officials declined to target towers if the action would present a national security threat, an adverse economic impact on a local community or weaken multi-state transportation. It also elected not to close towers that were serving at diversionary airports near large hubs.
The list of cuts includes 14 towers in Florida, 13 towers in Texas, nearly a dozen towers in California and pockets of closures in states throughout the country. Three California towers and four towers in Florida were among those taken off the initial closure list due to national interest concerns. Congressional towers include Springdale Municipal in Springdale, Ark.; Delaware County Regional in Muncie, Ill.; and Walla Walla Regional in Walla Walla, Wash., among others.
The full list of closures is available here
. - Jon Ross